Roots The Saga of an American Family Roots, Alex Haley Roots The Saga of an American Family is a novel written by Alex Haley and first published in 1976 It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th century African, captured as an adolescent, sold into slavery in Africa, transported to North America following his life and the lives of his descendants in the United States down to Haley The release of the novel, combined with its hugely popular television adaptation, Roots 1977 , led to a cultural sensation in the United States, and it is considered to be one of the most important U. S works of the 20th century The novel spent forty six weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List, including twenty two weeks at number one The last seven chapters of the novel were later adapted in the form of a second miniseries, Roots The Next Generations 1979 It stimulated interest in genealogy and Magnificent The epic chronicle of a family through many generations of cruelty, hardship and suffering But it s much than that really it s the history of slavery in America What happened to the characters in this book happened to millions of others and it s a story that needed to be told and Alex Haley did a masterful job of telling it Roots should be required reading in high schools because all of us, regardless of age, race, or gender should understand this history You can t tell the history of America without telling the history of slavery We can still feel it s impact on our society still today. 4. 5 stars
This book was astonishing to me particularly the narrative of Kunta Kinte s life This is why I read What an amazing description of African culture and the rights of manhood Then, the horrible violation of slavery and the cross cultural experience of an African joining slaves who were predominately born in the United States Sounds silly, but though I ve read many books on slavery, none have dealt with the differences among slaves themselves and how growing up as a slave shaped how African Americans thought and interacted both with whites and with newly arrived Africans I could understand why Alex Haley is the best selling African American author to date. I wanted to give this book a 5 But, two things prevented me from giving it the highest rating. First, when the book moves away from Kunte Kinte into successive gen I remember watching the mini series of this book on TV around the same time we were studying about early American history in school I finally got my hands on this book a few years back when a friend lent it to me and since she was clearing her bookshelf I was than happy to keep the copyI still have it A gripping and gritting portrayal of the story of a tribal prince, Kunta Kinte, who is snatched from his homeland of Africa and thrown into a nightmare of slavery in America and how not only he, but his subsequent generation of descendants fight against odds to keep their identity as well as the story of Kunta Kinte alive A must read I honestly can t believe how much I enjoyed this book It s been sitting on my shelf for about half a year now and I ve been wanting to read it as soon as I got it I always just started another book though and always said next time I finally picked it up 6 days ago and finished it about 10 minutes ago The beginning was wonderful I was so enthralled with Africa and Kunta Kinte and his family and the whole works The way they lived, the culture, the traditions, it was like reading of another world almost literally How close of a family they were and the way they were raised is so far fetched of what it s like today These people were all about respect and their tight clans and villages They loved all of each other and they worked hard for what they had even if it was hardly anything They lived without most of the things we feel we NEED tod Knjiga, a potom i serija, koje smo mnogo voleli Kako bi bilo lepo kad bi se neko setio evergrin naslova i ponovo objavio ovu knjigu Pre nekoliko godina sam nabavila originalni box set serije pa mogu da u ivam u njoj kad god po elim Makar ne to ☆ Roots È I don t know why I ve never read this book before now It s excellent Yes, as a Midwestern, middle aged white person, the repeated use of the N word was jarring, but definitely necessary to the story It got a point across that I don t think would have been properly conveyed any other way I m going to re watch the miniseries soon It came out when I was in grade school, so I don t remember it well But I highly recommend the book. 400. He Was A Boy In Henning, Tennessee, Alex Haley S Grandmother Used To Tell Him Stories About Their Family Stories That Went Back To Her Grandparents, And Their Grandparents, Down Through The Generations All The Way To A Man She Called The African She Said He Had Lived Across The Ocean Near What He Called The Kamby Bolongo And Had Been Out In The Forest One Day Chopping Wood To Make A Drum When He Was Set Upon By Four Men, Beaten, Chained And Ç Roots Î Download by ☆ Alex Haley Dragged Aboard A Slave Ship Bound For Colonial AmericaStill Vividly Remembering The Stories After He Grew Up And Became A Writer, Haley Began To Search For Documentation That Might Authenticate The Narrative It Took Ten Years And A Half A Million Miles Of Travel Across Three Continents To Find It, But Finally, In An Astonishing Feat Of Genealogical Detective Work, He Discovered Not Only The Name Of The African Kunta Kinte But The Precise Location Of Juffure, The Very Village In The Gambia, West Africa, From Which He Was Abducted In At The Age Of Sixteen And Taken On The Lord Ligonier To Maryland And Sold To A Virginia PlanterHaley Has Talked In Juffure With His Own African Sixth Cousins On September He Stood On The Dock In Annapolis Where His Great Great Great Great Grandfather Was Taken Ashore On September , Now He Has Written The Monumental Two Century Drama Of Kunta Kinte And The Six Generations Who Came After Him Slaves And Freedmen, Farmers And Blacksmiths, Lumber Mill Workers And Pullman Porters, Lawyers And Architects And One AuthorBut Haley Has Done Than Recapture The History Of His Own Family As The First Black American Writer To Trace His Origins Back To Their Roots, He Has Told The Story Of ,, Americans Of African Descent He Has Rediscovered For An Entire People A Rich Cultural Heritage That Slavery Took Away From Them, Along With Their Names And Their Identities But Roots Speaks, Finally, Not Just To Blacks, Or To Whites, But To All People And All Races Everywhere, For The Story It Tells Is One Of The Most Eloquent Testimonials Ever Written To The Indomitability Of The Human Spirit I am at least a fifth generation genealogist I was ten when this book was first published and made into a miniseries But, I was allowed to stay up that entire week of January 23 January 30, 1977 to watch it in its entirety I thought the cast did an excellent job To this day, I still believe that the book was much better than the movie But, as Dr Henry Louis Gates, Jr once pointed out, Most of us feel it s highly unlikely that Alex actually found the village whence his ancestors sprang Roots is a work of the imagination rather than strict historical scholarship.
Alexander Murray Palmer Haley was an American writer He is best known as the author of Roots The Saga of an American Family, and of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the latter of which he wrote in collaboration with Malcolm X.